I feel like I have a lot to say but I'm not really sure where to start. At any rate, things have changed in a big way so I'll just get right to the point.
I have moved. I no longer live in the Toronto area. Now I'm much further away, in a cold, desolate wasteland.
OK, it's not actually that bad. It's fine. Though it is cold most of the time, and it's not really the bustling vibrant cultural hub that Toronto is.
I really miss Toronto, and I feel like I didn't really take as much advantage of living so close to the big city as I should have. Before the day of the move, I went downtown and hit up as many cool spots as I could. It wasn't enough. I am especially going to miss going to conventions and seeing my people.
I didn't really want to move, but I'm here for now, and that will have to do until the time comes when I can make something else happen. I don't want to sound like I'm not going to enjoy being where I currently am, because I'm sure I will, but I don't want to be here for very long.
I had to leave my job, so for what seems like the first time in more than 10 years I am not teaching drawing to kids. Hey, if I am not a teacher anymore, I guess that means that "Stupid Samurai" loser and those other idiots got their wish! It's only because I moved, not because I suck. The studio I worked for really liked me and we will be staying in touch. I had some really amazing experiences there, and some great students who have become so much better than I was at their age, and I will miss it. For time being though, I think I am finished with teaching and will be looking into doing other things.
The moving process has been very busy and stressful. I'm looking forward to it being done, but there is still much left to do before I can really say that I've settled in. Because of everything else going on, I haven't really drawn anything in ages, and I'm itching to get back into it somehow. As fulfilling as it was teaching kids how to draw for so long, I think it's time to focus on my own work instead. I still need to gain more focus, but I definitely want to try new styles and draw new stuff. I want to be more creative and more productive. So, perhaps in this regard, the move will be a fresh start that will turn out for the better.
But, someday, I will return to Toronto. One way or another, I will be back. Then, the ground will tremble, the skies will blacken, and the sun will change to an electric blue. That is when everything will be as it should.